Chart Watch Billboard | New albums take top three Billboard places
The top three albums on the Billboard chart for the week of May 5, 2017 are all new. Added to that, two of them are various artistes projects.
Those are in the No 1 and No. 3 spots, White Man in Hammersmith Palais EP and Studio One Hi-Fi Special, Right Around the World: Today's Sound Today, respectively. In between them is, In the Midst of the Storm, by Mad Professor Meets Jah9.
The No. 1 set features Leroy Smart (Ballistic Affair), Dillinger (Cocaine in My Brain), Ken Boothe (Silver Words) and Delroy Wilson (Rascal Man). The No. 3 set also includes some venerable names in Jamaican popular music, as Joseph Hill, the voice on Behold the Land, Full Dread is by Tommy McCook, Larry Marshall performs, I've Got to Make It and Dobby Dobson has Seems To Me I'm Losing You.
The upper tier of the Billboard Reggae Album Chart, is not new territory for Jah9, as her album, 9, debuted at number five on the listing for the week of October 1, 2016.
The No. 4 album is not new, but is a re-entry to the chart. It is Young Shorty's EP, Chalice Row or Dig a Hole. Completing the top five is Falling Into Place (Rebelution), now in its 47th week on the listing.
Just below the Rebelution set is another long stayer, Set in Stone (Srick Figure), which has now racked up 76 weeks on the chart. The No. 7 album, Keznamdi's Skyline Levels, Vol 1, is also new.
Places eight to 10 are all occupied by albums that have lost ground. Fortunate Youth's self-titled set has slipped a place from last week to be at No. 8. Lost in Paradise (Common Kings) is No. 9, down from five last week, and Rebelution's Live at Red Rocks, has dropped one slot to No. 10.